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Peer Mentoring Program
For the 2017-2018 academic year, the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Undergraduate Advising and Student Services will be offering the Peer Mentoring Program for entering first-year Arts and Sciences students. The Peer Mentor Program is dedicated to connecting undergraduate students with University academic success resources and offering academic skills focused programs. The Peer Mentor serves as a guide and role model for their assigned students, easing their transition to Kent State University.
FORMAT OF THE PROGRAM
We have selected three specific College of Arts and Sciences sections of the UC 10097: First Year Experience (FYE) courses that will be identified as Peer Mentor sections. Each FYE section would have a capacity of 30 first-year Arts and Sciences students, with three paired Peer Mentors (10:1 mentee to mentor ratio). The Peer Mentors will assist an Arts and Sciences FYE instructor to facilitate the class.
All mentees are provided the opportunity to meet regularly with their assigned Arts and Sciences Peer Mentor outside of the UC 10097- FYE course, and participate in a variety of activities and workshops throughout their first-year. The activities and workshops are designed to foster peer relationships between mentors and mentees with one-year commitment to encourage positive professional development and social growth at Kent State University.
Additionally, all Arts and Sciences Peer Mentors and mentees will participate in community service projects throughout the academic year.
BENEFITS OF THE PEER MENTORING PROGRAM
As a mentee, you will receive assistance from Peer Mentors during your transition to Kent State University and develop strategies for success during your time in college. Your Peer Mentor will be a supportive resource as you encounter new academic experiences.
Peer mentors gain self-pride in knowing that they are making a difference by helping others. The title of Peer Mentor is an excellent addition to a college resume as well. As a Peer Mentor, you will receive a comprehensive training session which is designed to introduce Peer Mentors to effective communication skills and group activities, dealing with diversity and successful conflict resolution.
EXPECTATIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS
While this program is designed to benefit you, it involves a few basic responsibilities on your part:
- Seek advice and communicate with your mentor
- Meet with your mentor outside of the UC 10097 First Year Experience course on a weekly-basis.
- Attend all scheduled Peer Mentoring Program events with your mentor.
- Be enthusiastic about this opportunity! Your mentor is excited to be working with you!
As a Peer Mentor, you are expected to help first year students by:
- Assisting with the UC 10097 FYE course as determined by the instructor
- Conducting one-on-one mentoring meetings with mentees
- Attending events/activities associated with the Peer Mentor Program
- Guiding mentees through their first year
- Assisting with staffing College of Arts and Sciences Welcome Weekend events
- Meeting with Peer Mentoring Program coordinators to review progress of meetings with mentees, and in-class presentations/activities/discussions for FYE course
If you have any additional questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.